Police Blotter: August 7, 2013

Mistrial declared in Duenas murder trial

After polling jurors and hearing each of them say they are “hopelessly deadlocked,” Shasta County Superior Court Judge Bradley Boeckman declared a mistrial in the Mark Gilbert Duenas murder trial just after noon Tuesday.

Jurors said they were split 9-3 in favor of acquittal.

The trial collapsed on the third day of deliberations after a trial that lasted only six days. Earlier Tuesday morning the jurors had reported they were deadlocked, but after some additional instruction Boeckman sent them back to continue deliberations.

Duenas, 53, was accused of murdering his wife, Karen, 51, in their Cottonwood home in May 2012.

Search warrant leads to arrest

On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, Anderson Police served a narcotics search warrant in the 2500 block of Highway 273.

The search resulted in the arrest of Kao Khae Saelee, 28, of Anderson. He was arrested on three warrants for his arrest, one of which was a felony warrant for burglary.

A search of the residence also revealed methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, which was seized by police.

Saelee was transported to and booked into the Shasta County Jail. Felony narcotic charges will be filed with the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office.

Meth, gun found during traffic stop

A 58-year-old Igo man was arrested late Wednesday, July 31, after deputies found methamphetamine and a loaded, concealed handgun inside the man’s vehicle during a traffic stop in Cottonwood, according to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies at about 11:57 p.m. stopped a vehicle driven by Donald Doyle Eaken for a traffic violation on Bowman Road at Broadhurst Road, just more than a mile west of Interstate 5.

Deputies found a loaded handgun concealed under the front seat and just more than a half-gram of meth, according to the sheriff’s office.

Eaken was arrested on suspicion of possessing and transporting a controlled substance, possessing a loaded firearm in public and being armed while committing a crime. He was booked into Tehama County Jail in lieu of $58,000 bail.

Teen hit by vehicle on Highway 273

On Aug. 2, at about 9:14 p.m., officers from the Redding Police Department responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision in the area of Highway 273 near Girvan Road in the City of Redding.

Investigators found that Ahableza Keluchie age 16 of Shasta Lake was crossing Highway 273 from the east side of the road to the west side of the road. Keluchie was crossing about 45 feet south of the marked crosswalk at Girvan and reported to be running in and out of traffic.

He ran in front of a Toyota Tacoma pickup being driven by Patricia Jones, age 65 of Cottonwood. Jones was unable to stop or avoid collision and collided with Keluchie, who was launched about 93 feet from the impact and suffered major injuries.

Keluchie was transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment. According to authorities, the investigation revealed Keluchie was under the influence of alcohol and caused the collision by crossing the highway outside of the marked crosswalk and failing to yield the right of way to traffic traveling on the highway.

Secret Witness offers reward

Secret Witness is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of a stolen large, trailer mounted commercial generator, which was discovered stolen on Thursday, July 25.

The theft occurred at the Coleman Fish Hatchery in Anderson and the generator belongs to I-5 Rentals of Redding. Follow up information indicated that the generator was seen being towed north of Parkville Road and Millville Plains Road on Wednesday, July 31.

The generator is mounted on a two axle flat trailer, and is housed in a sheet metal box which is painted white and black. At the time of the theft, the equipment was marked “I-5 Rentals”. The generator is valued at $70,000.

Anyone with information is urged to call Patrol Officer R. Kritzer or Officer S. Hill at the Redding Area CHP office at 242-3200, or to give a tip anonymously to Secret Witness call 243-2319.

Vegetation fire burns one acre

Firefighters contained a vegetation fire off Lone Tree Road in Anderson to about an acre on Friday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire was reported at about 4:46 a.m. on 22235 Lone Tree Road, about 6 miles south-southeast of central Anderson, and was contained it shortly after.

It burned grass, blackberry bushes and some eucalyptus.

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